New Partnership to Advance Efficiency

The Energy Co-op and Energy Coordinating Agency Partner to Promote Energy Efficiency

Philadelphia, November 21, 2019 -- Starting December 1st, The Energy Co-op will begin offering its members comprehensive energy efficiency audits performed by certified technicians trained by the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA), a Philadelphia nonprofit that shares with it a focus on advancing sustainable energy practices.

Now in its 40th year, The Energy Co-op—a nonprofit, member-owned cooperative—supplies renewable electricity and renewable natural gas (RNG), together with heating oil, to thousands of member homes and businesses in southeastern Pennsylvania. It focuses on helping its members sustainably and affordably buy, use, and understand energy through those energy programs, strategic partnerships, and other public outreach.

“We are very excited about working with ECA to offer our members these quality energy efficiency audits,” said Ronald Fisher, The Energy Co-op’s Executive Director. “Not only do we advance our members’ interests by identifying cost-effective, sustainable ways for them to reduce their energy use and costs, but by doing so, we and they help ECA train and employ Philadelphians so that they too can benefit from the transition to cleaner, more sustainable energy sources and practices.”

After 35 years, ECA’s enduring mission is to help people conserve energy and to promote a sustainable and socially equitable energy future for all. The agency maintains a network of Neighborhood Energy Centers, the Heater Hotline, and the Knight Green Jobs Training Center- in addition to retrofitting over 400 homes every year.

ECA’s home energy audit is performed by a nationally certified energy analyst using diagnostic tools that identify every energy saving opportunity in the home. All collected data is modeled to report on low-hanging fruit opportunities as well the key areas that can substantially reduce energy costs. ECA will deliver a comprehensive audit report that not only pinpoints equipment and structural causes of energy waste but also consumer habits that result in higher energy bills. Seasoned energy analysts will provide an in-depth education on how the home uses and loses energy in addition to how the homeowner can modify their behavior to complement their energy efficiency upgrades. With this guidance, consumer behavior and informed use of a programmable thermostat can make a substantive impact on usage and expense.